We all have things that grab us, or speak to us in the right way. Maybe there is some advice you’ve been told over and over, yet you kept rejecting it. Then, suddenly it’s said in a different way, or just at the right time, and this time – THIS time – it’s different! It clicks! And you’re changed!
So here I wanted to keep a list of all the sources that have inspired my path.
“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” –Marianne Williamson
“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do rather than the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain
“You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” — C.S. Lewis
“Do one thing every day that scares you” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“God is Eternal Bliss. His being is love, wisdom, and joy. He is both impersonal and personal, and manifests Himself in whatever way He pleases. He appears before His saints in the form each of them holds dear: a Christian sees Christ, a Hindu beholds Krishna or the Divine Mother, and so on. Devotees whose worship takes an impersonal turn become conscious of the Lord as an infinite Light or as the wondrous sound of Aum, the primal Word, the Holy Ghost. The highest experience man can have is to feel that Bliss in which every other aspect of Divinity − love, wisdom, immortality − is fully contained..” –Paramahansa Yogananda
“After years of repetitive work, you will often need to dig hard to find your passions, redfine your dreams, and revive hobbies that you let atrophy to near extinction. The goals is not to simply eliminate the bad, which does nothing more than leave you with a vacuum, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.” –Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“I defined being wealthy as, “Having the freedom to maximize one’s life experiences.” In those terms, despite the average American having more material wealth than citizens of most other countries (more cars, bigger houses, nicer televisions), their overall quality of life suffers in my opinion. American people on average work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt. That’s a lot of time spent working and buying crap and little time or disposable income for relationships, activities or new experiences.” –Mark Mason, http://www.postmasculine.com
“Its a mad world. Hearts are broken. Lives are lost. We fall to our knees in grief, but if we pay attention, we might notice that the landing is soft, and blessings rain down with the same velocity as tears.” –Katy, bornbyariver.wordpress.com
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” –T.S. Eliot
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” – Unknown
“Take a look around,” the instructor had advised. “Ask yourself if there’s anyone else who is better qualified to do the job. Not in the entire galaxy, but right there, at that point in time. If the answer is ‘yes,’ ask them to accept command, and do everything you can to support them. If the answer is ‘no,’ which it will be ninety-nine percent of the time, then take your best shot. That’s all any of us can do.” ― William C. Dietz,
Worldwalk by Steven M. Newman – when I was in third grade, this man came to speak. He had taken off on a 4-year journey, walking the world, finding the love and interconnectedness between us. An inspiring adventure!
Volunteer: A Traveler’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World by Lonely Planet – the ins and outs of putting things on hold at home, fundraising, visas, flights, and opportunities! I think I just may have to buy this book eventually…
The One-Week Job Project by Sean Aiken – I was just skimming through this book, as I heard it was a fun read. A fresh college grad, unsure of what he wants to do, starts a website to ask people to offer him a different job every week. Opportunities explode in ways he never imagined, and he then begins a year of travel all over the world, doing all sorts of different jobs. And I thought, “hey! I want to do something like that!” But, within my own field. So, as you may have noticed in the similarities, this was a huge inspiration for my goal to travel the world while working with health clinics and traditional healers, and volunteering with charities! To find new jobs in new places, but all related to health and healing!
Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
SparkPeople.com – specifically their individual teams that I have joined (love you, teammates!), but also many individuals I began chatting with about various topics. A great group of people who kept me motivated and inspired to eat well, live well, and maintain a community, even if it’s an e-community 🙂
Lululemon.com – both their Culture page, with it’s inspiring maifesto, and it’s Goals page, motivating me to dream bigger and make it happen!
SmileWithYourHeart.com – this is one goal-oriented woman! Making things happen for her and those around her.
KimberlySnyder.net – a certified nutritionist who’s health philosophy bucks the traditional “western” system. But, almost any information that she shared that I was skeptical about, with some digging and research, I found that there just might be some validity to what she was saying! This reminded me to not just blindly follow the information I was taught in school. But to dig, check various resources, and think outside the Pyramid!
I Lived by OneRepublic
On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
Other Side of the World by _____
Return to Innocent by Enigma
We Are by Ana Johnson
“Meditation With Music” from the Australian Meditation Society – I LOVE the second half of this! The song just makes me feel like I’m out in nature, where anything is possible!
Enlivened, frisky, intrepid, inimitable
Occam’s razor (or Occam’s raisin!)